Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. She performs regularly with her own jazz groups around the Twin Cities at venues including the Dakota Jazz Club, Crooners Supper Club, KJ’s Hideaway, Jazz Central and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Joan’s newest group, Take That Back (launched with a series of original jazz videos that you can watch here on YouTube) is co-led with saxophonist Sue Orfield and features original music by both leaders. Their new album was released January 28, 2022 on Shifting Paradigm Records, and you can find purchase and streaming options for it here.

Joan Hutton is also an accomplished classical artist and is a member of the acclaimed Ancia Saxophone Quartet, which has a new album coming out on the Albany label in 2023 and two previous releases, Short Stories and Variations. As a dedicated educator, Joan teaches a large studio of private clarinet and saxophone students around the Twin Cities and is the saxophone instructor at Augsburg University.


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